Demi Lovato is supporting Taylor Swift! The 28-year-old singer recently dropped a new political anthem, “Commander in Chief,” on Oct. 14 and spoke about her decision to open up about her political leanings in a recent interview with CNN.
“You’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t. You can list Taylor Swift as a perfect example of that exact saying. For years she got trashed because she wasn’t taking a stance and wasn’t standing up for these rights and she kind of took a back seat and now she’s become very political and there are people that are unhappy with that too,” Lovato said of the 30-year-old “Lover” singer, who recently endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. “It’s just, like, you have to live what feels authentic to you. To me, that’s using my platform to speak out about the things that I see that are wrong.”
“There’s been so many times that I’ve wanted to write the President a letter or sit down with him and ask him these questions,” she told CNN. “And then I thought, I don’t really actually want to do that and I thought one way that I could do that is writing a song and releasing it for the whole world to hear and then he has to answer those questions to everyone and not just me.”
“We have to turn up and vote because it’s so important that our voices are heard. And, honestly, for me, whether you are a Republican or Democrat, just get out and vote.”
“I’m a very social person and so not being able to see people, I’ve felt very isolated at times and my anxiety and depression have come back in waves and luckily I’ve done a lot of work and I have tools to help me out with that. But there are a lot of people who don’t have those tools,” she said.
“Just have compassion,” Lovato said. “Know that you’re not alone, that a lot of people are going through exactly what you’re going through as well.” In the past, Lovato has lashed out at Swift for being politically correct 24/7. “At least I speak up about s**t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”
She also told Glamour in 2016 of Swift, “I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that’s not women’s empowerment. We all do things that aren’t, but I have to ask myself, ‘Am I content with calling myself a feminist?’ Yes, because I speak out.”
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